- protected from a disease or the like, as by inoculation.
- of or relating to the production of antibodies or lymphocytes that can react with a specific antigen: immune reaction.
- exempt or protected: immune from punishment.
- not responsive or susceptible: immune to new ideas.
- a person who is immune.
Origin of immune
- protected against a specific disease by inoculation or as the result of innate or acquired resistance
- relating to or conferring immunityan immune body See antibody
- (usually postpositive foll by to) unsusceptible (to) or secure (against)immune to inflation
- exempt from obligation, penalty, etc
- an immune person or animal
Word Origin for immune
mid-15c., "free; exempt," back-formation from immunity. Cf. Latin immunis "exempt from public service, free from taxes." Specific modern medical sense of "exempt from a disease" (typically because of inoculation) is from 1881. Immune system attested by 1917.
- Of, relating to, or having resistance to infection by a specific pathogen.
- Relating to the mechanism of sensitization in which the reactivity is so altered by previous contact with an antigen that the responsive tissues respond quickly upon subsequent contact.